Jennifer L. Maggs

 Jennifer Maggs

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Contact Information

313 Health & Human Development East
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802

814-865-2028

(fax) 814-863-7963

jmaggs@psu.edu

Education

B.A. (Honours), 1986, Psychology, University of Ottawa, ON, Canada
M.A., 1990, Developmental Psychology, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Ph.D., 1993, Developmental Psychology, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Research Interests

My research interests center around risk behaviors during adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Our lab group is actively engaged in two NIH-funded projects-- The University Life Study and the British Cohort Studies. Together these studies use very different developmental designs to examine the etiology, correlates, and consequences of substance use and sexual behavior during this age period. Graduate students working in our group are encouraged to develop their research interests and skills by reading, conducting analyses, and writing papers for publication. Students are actively mentored in writing NRSA applications to fund doctoral and postdoctoral research, with positive results.

The University Life Study examines links between motivations, daily activities, college experiences, and risk behaviors (including alcohol use, sexual behavior, other substance use, and gambling) among university students. This NIAAA-funded longitudinal + measurement burst design study is designed to examine developmental changes and situational fluctuations in links between risk behaviors across contexts. Across 7 semesters (Fall 2007 to Fall 2010) over 700 student participants completed longer developmental web-surveys and a series of 14 consecutive daily web-surveys. Using multi-level daily and longitudinal models, we are testing hypotheses about the extent to which associations between risk behaviors (e.g., drinking and sex) vary as a function of intrapersonal (e.g., affect), interpersonal (e.g., relationship status), and environmental (e.g., Spring Break) predictors.

The team (role; affiliation) for this project includes Jennifer Maggs (PI), Eva Lefkowitz (Co-Investigator; HDFS), Meg Small (Managing Investigator; Prevention Research Center [PRC]), Nicole Morgan (Study Director; PRC), Wayne Osgood (Investigator; Sociology, and Crime, Law, and Justice), Megan Patrick (Faculty Research Fellow; University of Michigan), Bethany Bray (PI of Gambling Sub-study Virginia Tech), Andrea Finlay (HDFS PhD Student), and Sara Vasilenko (HDFS PhD student).

British Cohort Studies. Using the developmental epidemiological data from three national longitudinal British cohort studies – the National Child Development Study (born 1958), British Cohort Study (1970), and Millennium Cohort Study (2001), we are examining the prevalence, predictors, and consequences of alcohol use across the life span. We are collaborating with partners at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, London, and the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Our secondary data analysis team consists of Jennifer Maggs (PI; HDFS & PRC), Jeremy Staff (Sociology, and Crime, Law, and Justice), Megan Patrick (Faculty Research Fellow, University of Michigan), John Schulenberg, Andrea Finlay (Collaborator, Penn State), Laura Wray-Lake (Collaborator, Claremont Graduate University), and Ingrid Schoon (University of London).

Professional Experience

2004-Present: Associate Professor to Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

2008-Present: Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

2006-Present: Research Associate, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, University of London

2003: Visiting Scholar, Institute of Education, University of London

2000: Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria

1996-2003: Assistant to Associate Professor, Family Studies and Human Development, University of Arizona

1996-2003: Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

1995: Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

1993-1995: Visiting Scholar, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

1993-1994: Visiting Scientist, Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence, Faculty of Public Health, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
 

Comments

Adolescent social development and health; transition to adulthood; risk behaviors, particularly alcohol use; prevention science; research methods.  

Selected Publications

Galambos, N. L., Howard, A. L., & Maggs, J. L. (in press). Rise and fall of sleep quantity and quality with student experiences across the first year of university. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Maggs, J. L., Williams, L. R., & Lee, C. M. (2011). Ups and downs of alcohol use among first-year college students: Drinks per day, heavy drinking, and stumble and pass out drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 197-202.

Patrick, M. E., Maggs, J. L., & Osgood, D. W. (2010). LateNight Penn State alcohol-free programming: Students drink less on days they participate. Prevention Science, 11, 155–162

Staff, J., Schulenberg, J., Maslowsky, J., O’Malley, P. M., Maggs, J. L., & Johnston, L. D. (2010). Substance use changes and social role transitions: Proximal developmental effects on ongoing trajectories from late adolescence through early adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 919–934.

Patrick, M. E., & Maggs, J. L. (2009). Does drinking lead to sex? Daily alcohol-sex behaviors and expectancies among college students. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 472-481

Brown, S., Mague, M., Maggs, J. L., Schulenberg, J., Hingson, R., Swartzwelder, S., Martin, C., Chung, T., Tapert, S. F., Sher, K., Winters, K. C., Lowman, C., Murphy, S. (2008). A developmental perspective on alcohol and youth ages 16-20. Pediatrics, 121 (Suppl. 14), S290–S310. See also same authors, Alcohol Research and Health, 32, 41–52.

Maggs, J. L., Patrick, M. E., & Feinstein, L. (2008). Childhood and adolescent predictors of alcohol use and problems in adolescence and adulthood in the National Child Development Study. Addiction, 103 (Suppl. 1), 7-22.

Staff, J., Patrick, M. E., Loken, E., & Maggs, J. (2008). Teenage alcohol use and educational achievement. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69, 848-858.

Maggs, J. L., & Schulenberg, J. (2004-2005). Trajectories of alcohol use during the transition to adulthood. Alcohol Research and Health, 28, 195-201.

Schulenberg, J., & Maggs, J. L. (2002). A developmental perspective on alcohol use and heavy drinking during adolescence and the transition to young adulthood. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Supplement No. 14, 54–70.

Strategic Themes

  • Human Development
  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Methodology